Google watches to launch in Q1 of 2017 with Android Wear 2.0

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Fall has not been a pleasant time of year in 2016 for smartwatch fans who were hoping for an update to their existing Android Wear devices or who might be interested in what Google has to offer. First, several of Google’s large partners who produce smartwatches – companies like LG, Huawei and Lenovo – all announced they were stopping plans to release any new devices for the balance of 2016. Then at the end of September, upon the release of beta 3 of Android Wear 2.0, Google announced the public rollout would be delayed until 2017. Thanks to a tip from Evan Blass, things may finally being turning around to a more positive note. Read more

Google hired writers from Pixar, The Onion to bring personality to Google Assistant

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Chat bots and other virtual assistants have quickly become a popular way to not only get information, but to provide entertainment and the feeling of chatting with an actual human. To continue to breathe more life into its new AI platform, Google has reportedly hired writers from various Pixar films as well as The Onion to bring humor and a bigger personality to Google Assistant.

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Google opening a temporary store in New York for Pixel launch

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Google’s retail presence has been less than stellar, but they’re primarily a software company so it’s never really been a big deal unless you wanted to see a Nexus in store. They’ve made partnerships with places like Best Buy to try and build out a relatively small physical presence, but for the Pixel launch we might see Google take matters into their own hands. Temporarily, at least. Read more